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2019: The Year in Review

USAID is working to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe by addressing the most basic of human needs—access to water and sanitation.

PhotoEssay

World Toilet Day 2019: These Countries are Making Sanitation Gains with USAID’s Help

As we celebrate World Toilet Day and the transformative health and economic impacts of access to improved sanitation this November 19, USAID takes you from Ethiopia to Indonesia in this photo essay to showcase how innovative thinking, government action, and private sector participation are collectively improving sanitation around the world. Learn how USAID is helping contribute to our partner countries’ progress toward safe sanitation for all.

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Strengthening Urban Indonesia’s Water and Sanitation Systems: Geser si Jahat (Out with the Bad) and the 1,000 Rupiah Healthy Toilets Movement

In Indonesia, safe sanitation is a big challenge that goes beyond just access to a toilet. The vast majority of the country’s human waste is released untreated into the environment with devastating consequences — approximately 100,000 children across Indonesia die every year from diarrheal diseases. In fact, approximately 90 percent of groundwater in Jakarta, the country’s massive capital city, is contaminated with E.

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USAID Seeks Input on its Water and Development Research Agenda

USAID recognizes that in order to accomplish the goals set out in our Water and Development Plan under the U.S. Government Global Water Strategy, we need to ramp up our efforts to address evidence gaps that have impeded progress in the sector to date. As part of that process, the Agency intends to develop a Water and Development Research Agenda that identifies critical evidence gaps, guides research to fill those gaps, and ultimately helps to inform programming approaches. 

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WASH Research Questions Worksheet

This worksheet features a series of questions designed to guide strategic thinking and programming decisions related to the following components of the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectors:

  • Governance & Finance
  • Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Safe Drinking Water
  • Water Resources Management

Click here to download the worksheet. Please remember to share your input no later than Friday, November 29th.

Water Currents

Water Currents: World Toilet Day 2019

Toilets are more than a household necessity—they save lives, protect dignity, and create economic opportunity. This November 19, join the annual celebration of World Toilet Day to raise awareness of the importance of sanitation to lift people out of poverty. This year’s theme “Leaving No One Behind” emphasizes the importance of expanding sanitation access to the more than 4.2 billion people living without safely managed sanitation options.
 

Announcement

World Toilet Day 2019: How The Potty Trained Us

Join IRC WASH and PSI on November 19, 2019 for a special performance of "How the Potty Trained Us" by Shawn Shafner of The Poop Project. In a performance that is stand-up comedy meets lecture meets character-shifting solo play, Shafner will expose how current sanitary practices threaten our health, environment, and 40% of the world still living without safe toilets - and invite us to get our sh*t together before it hits the fan.

Be sure to register! We look forward to talking toilets while enjoying refreshments, games, and prizes with you!